- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - A former worker at the international headquarters for the Church of God has been sentenced to 34 months in a federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $1 million.

The Cleveland Daily Banner (https://bit.ly/1J7BwrP) reports former communications director Troy Scot Carter was sentenced last week in a U.S. District courtroom in Chattanooga.

In April, Carter entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in which he admitted taking more than $880,000 from church coffers through schemes that included creating false invoices for audiovisual services. He worked for the church from 2004 to 2013.

The Church of God headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, oversees 36,000 congregations around the world.

At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier said Carter’s actions caused “a loss in confidence in the church itself and its leaders.”

“Greed is the obvious motivation,” Collier said. “It was a scheme well-thought out and elaborate. Other than greed, there was no reason to commit the crime.”

Carter told the judge that he’s “a broken man” who’s remorseful for his actions.

“I have talked to many of these individuals and done everything in my power to recover the funds that were misappropriated,” Carter said. “I am sorry. I never would have dreamed I would have gotten myself into this.”

Collier also gave Carter words of encouragement.

“There’s no reason for you to be broken,” Collier told Carter. “You’re at a low point now. The future, you have a lot of control over.


Information from: Cleveland Daily Banner, https://www.clevelandbanner.com/

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